Hamilton expects to reopen splash pads

News Jun 17, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson will be getting a haircut the morning of June 19, the first day of Hamilton’s Stage 2 reopening strategy.

“So I won’t look like a bum anymore,” said Ferguson.

Barbers, hair salons, spas, malls and patios where customers are currently allowed to gather in limited numbers will be allowed to reopen under the province’s staged reopening process. Paul Johnson, Emergency Operations Centre director, said the city will reopen some municipal facilities, such as splash pads and pools to provide residents with some respite in the coming days of hot, humid weather.

“We are moving toward (reopening pools), but it will not be in the next number of weeks,” said Johnson.

Hamilton has seen as of June 17 another two cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to date of 771. There have been 42 deaths since the pandemic hit the city.

At its June 16 meeting, Hamilton’s Board of Health praised its public health officials and staff for keeping residents informed about following health and safety guidelines during the pandemic.

“People are stopping and backing up if you are getting too close to them,” said Ferguson. “I’m just a little concerned we have scared them a little too much. I’ve talked to people and they don’t want to go to a grocery store yet.”

Johnson said reopening pools will take three to four weeks because they have to be cleaned and additional training has to be provided to lifeguards in an era of physical distancing.

“We have to go through PPE (personal protective equipment) and a training exercise with our lifeguards,” said Johnson. “Things are coming along slowly.”

Johnson said, though, that splash pads will reopen quicker than public pools.

He said the city is looking at gradually reopening public washrooms, and officially individuals are allowed to use public beaches, although, people have already been walking or sitting on beaches when the warmer weather arrived.

Hamilton’s municipal service centres will remain closed for the foreseeable future as staff determine how to provide a safe environment for both employees and the public, said Johnson.

Ontario is also allowing visitors to long-term care facilities starting June 18. One visitor will be allowed per resident for one outdoor visit per week. The visitor, though, must have tested negative for the coronavirus within the past two weeks.

For retirement facilities, the province will allow residents indoor and outdoor visitors. The number of visitors will be identified by the facility.

Still, there are concerns about allowing loved ones to see their family members in these facilities during a pandemic, said Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson.

“I can image the concern these families and the residents have,” she said. “They have been through the wringer.”

Allowing human interaction with residents in long-term care facilities is a “small step forward,” she said.

But Richardson said residents and visitors to Hamilton’s facilities must continue to follow public health guidelines about hand washing and other safety measures.

“We need the hugs from our family members,” said Richardson. “We need to see each other.”

Hamilton to reopen splash pads, public washrooms, and eventually pools under Stage 2 plan

News Jun 17, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson will be getting a haircut the morning of June 19, the first day of Hamilton’s Stage 2 reopening strategy.

“So I won’t look like a bum anymore,” said Ferguson.

Barbers, hair salons, spas, malls and patios where customers are currently allowed to gather in limited numbers will be allowed to reopen under the province’s staged reopening process. Paul Johnson, Emergency Operations Centre director, said the city will reopen some municipal facilities, such as splash pads and pools to provide residents with some respite in the coming days of hot, humid weather.

“We are moving toward (reopening pools), but it will not be in the next number of weeks,” said Johnson.

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Hamilton has seen as of June 17 another two cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to date of 771. There have been 42 deaths since the pandemic hit the city.

At its June 16 meeting, Hamilton’s Board of Health praised its public health officials and staff for keeping residents informed about following health and safety guidelines during the pandemic.

“People are stopping and backing up if you are getting too close to them,” said Ferguson. “I’m just a little concerned we have scared them a little too much. I’ve talked to people and they don’t want to go to a grocery store yet.”

Johnson said reopening pools will take three to four weeks because they have to be cleaned and additional training has to be provided to lifeguards in an era of physical distancing.

“We have to go through PPE (personal protective equipment) and a training exercise with our lifeguards,” said Johnson. “Things are coming along slowly.”

Johnson said, though, that splash pads will reopen quicker than public pools.

He said the city is looking at gradually reopening public washrooms, and officially individuals are allowed to use public beaches, although, people have already been walking or sitting on beaches when the warmer weather arrived.

Hamilton’s municipal service centres will remain closed for the foreseeable future as staff determine how to provide a safe environment for both employees and the public, said Johnson.

Ontario is also allowing visitors to long-term care facilities starting June 18. One visitor will be allowed per resident for one outdoor visit per week. The visitor, though, must have tested negative for the coronavirus within the past two weeks.

For retirement facilities, the province will allow residents indoor and outdoor visitors. The number of visitors will be identified by the facility.

Still, there are concerns about allowing loved ones to see their family members in these facilities during a pandemic, said Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson.

“I can image the concern these families and the residents have,” she said. “They have been through the wringer.”

Allowing human interaction with residents in long-term care facilities is a “small step forward,” she said.

But Richardson said residents and visitors to Hamilton’s facilities must continue to follow public health guidelines about hand washing and other safety measures.

“We need the hugs from our family members,” said Richardson. “We need to see each other.”

Hamilton to reopen splash pads, public washrooms, and eventually pools under Stage 2 plan

News Jun 17, 2020 by Kevin Werner Ancaster News

Ancaster Coun. Lloyd Ferguson will be getting a haircut the morning of June 19, the first day of Hamilton’s Stage 2 reopening strategy.

“So I won’t look like a bum anymore,” said Ferguson.

Barbers, hair salons, spas, malls and patios where customers are currently allowed to gather in limited numbers will be allowed to reopen under the province’s staged reopening process. Paul Johnson, Emergency Operations Centre director, said the city will reopen some municipal facilities, such as splash pads and pools to provide residents with some respite in the coming days of hot, humid weather.

“We are moving toward (reopening pools), but it will not be in the next number of weeks,” said Johnson.

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Hamilton has seen as of June 17 another two cases of coronavirus, bringing the total to date of 771. There have been 42 deaths since the pandemic hit the city.

At its June 16 meeting, Hamilton’s Board of Health praised its public health officials and staff for keeping residents informed about following health and safety guidelines during the pandemic.

“People are stopping and backing up if you are getting too close to them,” said Ferguson. “I’m just a little concerned we have scared them a little too much. I’ve talked to people and they don’t want to go to a grocery store yet.”

Johnson said reopening pools will take three to four weeks because they have to be cleaned and additional training has to be provided to lifeguards in an era of physical distancing.

“We have to go through PPE (personal protective equipment) and a training exercise with our lifeguards,” said Johnson. “Things are coming along slowly.”

Johnson said, though, that splash pads will reopen quicker than public pools.

He said the city is looking at gradually reopening public washrooms, and officially individuals are allowed to use public beaches, although, people have already been walking or sitting on beaches when the warmer weather arrived.

Hamilton’s municipal service centres will remain closed for the foreseeable future as staff determine how to provide a safe environment for both employees and the public, said Johnson.

Ontario is also allowing visitors to long-term care facilities starting June 18. One visitor will be allowed per resident for one outdoor visit per week. The visitor, though, must have tested negative for the coronavirus within the past two weeks.

For retirement facilities, the province will allow residents indoor and outdoor visitors. The number of visitors will be identified by the facility.

Still, there are concerns about allowing loved ones to see their family members in these facilities during a pandemic, said Hamilton’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Elizabeth Richardson.

“I can image the concern these families and the residents have,” she said. “They have been through the wringer.”

Allowing human interaction with residents in long-term care facilities is a “small step forward,” she said.

But Richardson said residents and visitors to Hamilton’s facilities must continue to follow public health guidelines about hand washing and other safety measures.

“We need the hugs from our family members,” said Richardson. “We need to see each other.”